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Sean Monahan will be ready for training camp

Report: Flames center back on ice after withdrawing from World Cup because of back strain

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Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan was on the ice with some of his teammates for an informal skate Monday, less than two weeks after withdrawing from the World Cup of Hockey 2016 because of a back strain.

Monahan, who turns 22 on Oct. 12, told Sportsnet he would be ready for the start of Flames training camp next week. 

"I'm just taking it easy and getting back at it," Monahan told the Calgary Herald on Tuesday. "I just want to get back to 110 percent. I was working on a few things [Tuesday] and I could probably go out and skate with [the rest of the players] but there's no need to rush it with camp around the corner."

Monahan was selected to play for Team North America, comprised of players 23 and younger from Canada and the United States, but was replaced on the roster by Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck on Sept. 2 after straining his back while training. 

The Flames signed Monahan, who was a restricted free agent, to a seven-year contract reportedly worth $44.625 million Aug. 19.

"Obviously I'm focused on the Flames and they made a long-term commitment to me," Monahan told the newspaper. "That's what I take my pride in. I was obviously working towards the World Cup. I started training in late April to get in shape for that camp, so I was pretty disappointed not to be able to take part in that. … But, like I said, my commitment is to the Flames."

Monahan, who was selected by Calgary with the No. 6 pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, had 27 goals and 36 assists in 81 games last season.

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